The Town of Brookline recognizes the unprecedented hardship and uncertainty that Brookline’s business community is currently facing. Rest assured that Brookline’s Economic Development Division is working closely with state and federal officials to identify emergency assistance resources for Brookline businesses impacted by COVID-19. There will also be Virtual Town Hall Meeting for small businesses hosted by the Town’s Small Business Development Committee on Thursday, March 19 at 9am to discuss business impacts and available resources and support. Details for this Thursday meeting are at https://www.brooklinema.gov/Calendar.aspx?EID=8042&month=3&year=2020&day=19&calType=0
The Brookline Select Board, Town Administrator Mel Kleckner and Director of Health and Human Services Swannie Jett announce that the Town of Brookline has declared a state of emergency and has enacted regulations on businesses to advance social distancing, above and beyond those outlined at the state level
The Brookline Select Board this morning took emergency action that will affect most of our Brookline businesses’ operations, effective 5 pm, today, March 16th,. https://www.brooklinema.gov/covid-19
You may this afternoon (March 16th) see Town officials handing out flyers with this information.
You will also see Town officials setting up short-term parking spots in our commercial areas – thank you to those businesses that suggested this idea, and the Chamber for formalizing the request over the weekend with us!
Finally, while we will continue to update every couple of hours business recovery information and resources at https://www.brooklinema.gov/305/Business-Commercial-Areas-Information, we want to especially highlight the call for businesses to begin reporting (or estimating) their business impact. Even if you are not interested in pursuing a disaster assistance loan in the future, this information gathering will help open the Economic Injury Disaster Loan program for other businesses within the state. We understand many businesses are looking for permanent financial assistance (not loans), and we are in constant communication with colleagues in other Massachusetts communities as well as state and federal contacts. As soon as we have any information, we will let you know!
Thank you, everyone, for working with us in these unprecedented times.